A.P. Deauville, a manufacturer of health and beauty products, will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in New Jersey to Forks Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The company will invest $16.7 million and is expected to ceate 105 new jobs in the Lehigh Valley region.
A.P. Deauville, which manufactures Power Stick brand of antiperspirant, body wash, body sprays and men’s grooming products, reached full capacity at its New Jersey manufacturing facility. The company will purchase and renovate a 180,000-square-foot facility in Easton, doubling its manufacturing capacity, to continue selling its brands to major retailers.
"A.P. Deauville is excited to start the next phase of growth in Pennsylvania and could not have made this move without the help of the Governor’s Action Team, which helped us secure significant statewide tax incentives and grants that made it a very easy decision for us to relocate to Pennsylvania,” said Frederick Horowitz, CEO of A.P. Deauville. “We look forward to creating manufacturing jobs in a great state where business is welcomed as a productive partner of government and a positive member of the community.”
The company received a funding proposal as an incentive from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $250,000 Pennsylvania First grant to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs and $50,000 in funding for job training. The company has been encouraged to apply for a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan and may also be eligible for DCED’s Manufacturing Tax Credit program. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team.
“We are thrilled to welcome A.P. Deauville to Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. “It’s encouraging to see growth continue in the region’s economy, and manufacturing sector, despite the coronavirus pandemic. A.P. Deauville is a high-quality manufacturer that joins a thriving sector that employs 35,000 people in the Lehigh Valley. The company’s relocation to Pennsylvania and Northampton County would not have been possible without the engagement of state and county leadership. Northampton County, Northampton County Industrial Development Authority, and the Commonwealth worked together aggressively during these difficult and challenging times to help make this project happen.”
“The Lehigh Valley is a region historically known for its manufacturing strength and we are pleased that A.P. Deauville is relocating its operations here,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “The need for A.P. Deauville to more than double its production space to keep up with consumer demand is a testament to the company’s growth, and it will result in a significant and long-term investment and 105 new well-paying manufacturing jobs for Pennsylvanians.”